The Honolulu raised Filipino boy born by the name Peter Gene Hernandez, whom we all know today as Bruno Mars, was given this catchy nickname piece by piece. His father thought that young Peter looked like Bruno Sammartino so he decided to call him by the name ‘Bruno’. As for the Mars part, most girls say he’s “out of this world” so he simply shrugged and thought he was from Mars.
Mars first started off with his debut album entitled Doo-Woops &Hooligans. His lead single, “Just the Way You Are” was indeed a very catchy song with an even cooler music video. The song, not too surprisingly, even succeeded to top the Billboard Top 100. The music video appeared to be the characters in the video being formed out of the media found the cassette tape. It’s pretty clever since it looks like slight stop motion.
The album then released its second single, “Grenade” which was also a big hit, scoring the third spot on the Billboard 200. The song is quite dramatic and includes very expressive and emotional lyrics to go with it. Mars explains, “‘Grenade’ represents the OTHER side of love – where you’re in love with a woman and you know for a fact that she doesn’t love you the way you love HER.”
The music video itself also shows hardship. It depicts Mars trying to get to his girl dragging a piano by rope. Once he reaches his lady’s house, she catches him cheating on him. There’s the story. You know, the pain you get when you’re aware of all your efforts and all you get in return is a bunch of crap. Not the best relationship, if you ask me.
Mars has also done a few collaborations. He’s worked with Travie McCoy for “Billionaire”, B.oB. for “Nothin’ On You”, and even Bad Meets Evil and Eminem for “Lighters”.
He then wrote a song for the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 called “It Will Rain”. The song was yet another success for Mars. Again, Bruno explained this song and now, he advises for us to “think of the darker side of love”
The main goal for “Lighters” was to inspire people with both the song and the video. The video looked cleverly thought and planned out. Of course, extra effort was shown in some scenes as well. Some people, although, questioned why the video looked a little dark. Well, that only applies for the first few parts because the last part was fabulous. The last part just featured an illuminated “sky full of lighters”.
In 2012, Bruno released his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox. This time, you may notice that the songs in this album seem a little eighties like but that’s what gives it its original vibe. Bruno’s goal for this album was to show his happy and energetic side. The lead single of the album was “Locked Out of Heaven” which he admits actually came out of a random jam session in the studio. This song stole the thirty fourth spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
The music video features a very retro look and even Bruno with a whole new look. He’s ditched the hat and let his puffy hair out loose. Bruno appears to be a performer in the video in some old fashioned club-like location.
Soon afterwards Mars released the album’s next single, “When I Was Your Man”. This song brings back an emotional Bruno Mars we’ve all grown to know and love. The force in his voice is back when he reaches the stressed words in the chorus, and you can really hear the drama and tension in his lyrics.
A four year old named Kai once sang this song on Ellen and even caught Bruno on one of his plane flights. Kai, being the happy fan he normally is, stops and decides to take a picture with his idol. Boy, bet that made his day!
Again the music video takes on a little old fashioned look. Bruno is just playing his piano in the middle of a dark room, with a glass of what appears to be beer which is half full.
Despite all the constant changes and surprises Bruno gives, these surprises never fail to amuse us.